We had been planning to take a three night sailing trip whilst we were staying in the Whitsunday Islands, but it was obvious as the time approached that the weather would be unsettled. Tropical Cyclone Olga had been hanging around the north of Australia over the past few weeks, and even though that storm was downgraded to a Tropical Storm and then eventually moved away…the weather pattern had been disrupted and sadly, we had now entered a time of thick clouds and very heavy showers with some thunderstorms. As I am not the best sailor in the world (and believe me I know…as we have been on four cruises in the Caribbean and Mediterranean Sea), we decided to play it by ear and maybe take a couple of day cruises instead. I have been looking forward to sailing in the Whitsunday Islands and snorkelling or scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef for as long as I can remember, so it was a great disappointment to see that the weather forecast for the whole week ahead was more of the same.
So the next day, armed with my packet of anti sea-sickness tablets, we bravely boarded the Voyager and set sail for Hook Island, Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island and finally, Daydream Island. The people onboard were very friendly and the food was good, and even though we had lots of dark clouds and showers, it didn’t spoil our enjoyment of the day….and the tablets worked!! Clad in our stinger suits, we snorkelled off Hook Island where we were only ever an arm’s length from colourful fish darting about us, and directly below was the famous Great Barrier Reef. We were disappointed that the colours of the Reef were much more muted than we had imagined them to be….and we were told that this is because when they are photographing the coral under the sea, they use special lighting to ensure that all the colours are very vivid, whereas with the naked eye…the red spectrum in particular is lost in only about a metre depth. I had also decided to take an introductory scuba-dive as I figured what better place in the world to do it!! Unfortunately, due to mix up between the dive instructor and the boat crew, after snorkelling there wasn’t sufficient time for the dive…so it wasn’t to be. Ah well! We spent an hour and a half on Whitehaven Beach and then moved on to Daydream Island Resort and Spa….where there was a lovely swimming pool and at that time….some sunshine! We ended the day sipping cocktails…mine was a “Whitsunday Dreaming” made up of Kalhua, Baileys, Frangelica, honey and chocolate sauce…amongst other things…it was yummy!! Hic!